Always EP [Explicit]

by Substantial & Algorythm



Following up his latest EP with The Other Guys, Maryland emcee Substantial joins forces with Algorythm (1/2 of the BK production duo The Stuyvesants) for Always. Always is the second of three EPs leading up to Substantial's upcoming fourth studio album, The Past Is Always Present In The Future. Always features GRAMMY nominated, Ethiopian-born, singer/songwriter Wayna, QN5 founder and emcee Tonedeff, DC based singer/songwriter Deborah Bond, Danish singer/songwriter/producer Fjer, and Seattle based Bop Alloy producer Marcus D. Musically, Algorythm provides the perfect soundscape for Substantial's witty and thought provoking lyrics which are sharp as ever. Always is a collection of songs about legacy, life and being present in the moment that will be remembered as the soundtrack to the summer of 2015.

Substantial’s full length album The Past Is Always Present In The Future drops fourth quarter 2015.


released July 17, 2015

Produced by Algorythm


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Track Name: Lasting Impression (feat. Wayna)
Maryland, yall got me cuz (Yeah!)
Sub & The Stuy come rock with us (Yeah!)
DC, yall got me cuz (Yeah!)
HiPNOTT in the spot come rock w/ us (Yeah!)
Eh, VA yall got me cuz (Yeah!)
You know this joint ji crank come rock with us (Yeah!)
Worldwide get live with us (Yeah!)
Turn the volume way up come rock with us (Yeah!)

Can't end before it begins
No one does it alone and we too old to play pretend
This is for my supporters fans family and friends
Wifey for sticking by me like we was Siamese twins
Last line was generic, my status ain’t that’s apparent
Came up on the low like I be shopping in clearance
And I do, ‘cause my biz more important than my appearance
Shouldn’t judge by the cover but you can tell this shit serious!
The past is always present in the future!!!
I ain’t going nowhere but up
Was naming your favorite rapper ‘fore you was lookin’em up
Advising some legends ‘fore you acknowledge my presence
Marathoning these sprinters while minimizing my effort
Maximizing my gains a rapper thats gots some brains
Flew my family out the country for $200 and some change
I be stacking them miles I’m frequently on them fliers
When you stay above the clouds it’s easy to take it higher
Lets go... go... go... go... go... eh!
Battle tested and approved
Yall were bodied in your party, asphyxiated your crew
Kinda shit we use do when dudes battled over rhythms
Beatbox, lunch table or a trash radio system
Handclaps, DJ... but eventually I moved on
‘Cause unlike bammas nowadays I make pretty good songs
I never shuck and jive for muthaphucas live
I make the type of music that help people reconstruct their lives
I know yall love right, so keep it on repeat...
Still climbing like I don’t know a peak
Flowing like you disabled, you sounding like you don’t know a beat
Rockin the ark when paired with loops dirtier than Noah’s feet
Couldn’t pay’em to notice me, now they pay ‘cause they know it’s me
Heads turning like rotaries, knowin’ he's awesome totally
Exes who still ain’t over me realigning their ovaries
Respected globally, now they lovin me locally
Urban legend, surely reppin MD you better know it, we here!

BRIDGE (Wayna)
How lucky to be
Apart of legacy
Now you can come with me
And we could be...

These songs are one part of my legacy
But time will tell what will come from these youngins that met me
Tan, yellow, white, red, ebony, armed with verbal weaponry
Topple obstacles that stand between them and destiny
Haters, fakers and shottas, light takers and coppers
Who wanna eff up your chakras but don’t let none of that stop ya
Live our dreams while we’re awake now that’s the mantra
When you carried the weight remember who was there to spot ya!
(Keep pushing… from the top!)

Wayna, you got me cuz (Yeah!)
I appreciate you, Queen for rocking with us (Yeah!)
Kokayi, you got me cuz (Yeah!)
My brother from another mother be rockin’ w/ us (Yeah!)
QN5, yall got me cuz (Yeah!)
Still holding me down, they rockin’ with us (Yeah!)
Worldwide get live with us (Yeah!)
Let The Stuy take us home come ride with us! (Yeah!)
Track Name: Black Of All Trades
I can paint a picture with words or just brushes
Make something out of nothing ain't nothing to make something
Cutting up samples while keeping the bass pumping
Nothing we can't handle I will have this place jumping
Your tramp on lean, I'd rather have a queen
Of course I am a king, so I can have a dream
Or be your worst nightmare at war never fight fair
If our freedom right there, take it by any means
Learn PEACE from the Gods but still study violence
Fight for my Serenity if anything challenge
Write dope on a tightrope trying to find balance
Build my skill with will plus talent
Slanger of rhymes, training young minds
Painter of the times, Maker of designs
Sailor of the skies, pilot of the seas
Baker of the pies, refiner of the dreams

...I do it (do it)
Black of all trades, I do it (do it)
Put art on a page I do it (do it)
I do it (do it), I do it (do it)
Make something out of nothing ain't nothing to make something
If you want to do it... do it
Make something out of nothing ain't nothing to make something
If you want to do it... do it

Do it until it’s done and there ain’t nothin’ left to do
Do it under the sun can tell you did it from your hue
Doin’ it in the park after dark me & you
Different type of vibe but I’mma work it ‘til it's thru
I’m a mover and shaker,
Up at dawn, stumble strong
So my jaw stay about as smooth as sandpaper
This is for the chance takers, villains gave us lemon
Now we Lemonade makers, don't let any man break ya
...We're def the most resilient yall seen bey
He don't play but highly sought after as teammate
Nothing I can't do, you should broaden your dreamscape
Food for thought you should be consuming what we bake
Teach, cook, write, love, speak good, fight, f**k
Seek, look, eyes shut, we must rise up
Often write rhymes, dark skin, bright mind
Lost winds, fly blind, fortunes I find...

...I do it (do it)
Black of all trades, I do it (do it)
Shackle my brain can’t do it (do it)
Won’t do it (do it), can’t do it (do it),
Made something out of nothing ain't nothing to make something
If you want to do it... do it
Made something out of nothing ain't nothing to make something
If you want to do it... do it

How you gonna tell me what I can’t do..
Sh*t… I probably did it first..
Ain’t nothin I can’t handle…
...Sure as hell can’t do it worse
So I’mma make it cooler. Add a little flavor
Take us to the future. Be a little greater
I ain’t scared to barter, skill more valuable than paper
Work a little harder put it down and make’em pay up
...I lay it down they tell me stay up
Then every time I turn around they talking ‘bout a pay cut
Trying to stop a baker who out here gettin his cake up
Skills surpassing his peers, wondering why I bring race up
Cuz average got us living under poverty lines
And good’s only good enough part of the time
...And great will make’em hate you from afar
In the comment section like “Who these niggers think they are?”

Black of all trades, I do it (do it)
Carry the world’s weight I do it (do it)
I’ll be damned if I can’t I do it (do it)
I do it (do it), I do it (do it),
Make something out of nothing ain't nothing to make something
If you want to do it... do it
Make something out of nothing ain't nothing to make something
If you want to do it... do it
Track Name: Tony Stanza (feat. Tonedeff & Marcus D)
If all these rappers are bossman
All these rappers are bossman
All these rappers are bossman
All these rappers are bossman
Tell me (Sample) Who doing the work?
Tell me (Sample) Who doing the work?
Tell me (Sample) Who doing the work?
Tell me (Sample) Who doing the work?

VERSE 1 (Substantial)
Yall some underachievers,
You’ll never be a boss or leader
Competitor you’re hardly that either
You’ll never be as hard as us creatures
You’re messin with Gods of the speakers
They sayin Oh My God he’s a genius
How you gonna ball from the bleachers...
Where I’m from they call that shit leachin’
Nobody working harder we beastin,
This shit’ll put a pause on your breathing
Somebody stick a folk in’em please and...
Tell’em bring the coffin he’s leavin
Can’t tell if he was coughing or queefin
Ain’t built for this boy you’re a fetus
Rippin’ shit apart at our event
Like a bawse and applause isn’t need
‘Cause we working day and night, on the low
So it’s hard to stay in sight but you know that
Behind the scenes, that I guide my team to realize our dreams and ignite
The f-f-fire, desire climbing higher and higher
I was rich even prior to turning sires to buyers
You’s a customer not owner,
Just a rustler not loaner
Hold up, better own up, for you roll up
And you get exposed as just a poser
You’s a fraud, baby you ready or nah,
We can see through the facade
We goin hard, from our backyard to abroad
On our job wherever we are!


VERSE 2 (Tonedeff)
Godammit, y’all out to lunch
How in the fuck I expect that the job be done?
Hired a bunch of impressionist, sloppy chumps
Trying to stunt for the benefits, stocks and such
Slip/fall for a settlement, a thousand bucks
Ripped off, now they sweatin in a taco truck
Brickwalled by their pettiness - and all for what?
Shit nah - there ain’t anyone the boss of us
What a conundrum, who’s left to be moppin up?
Who in the f’s gonna fetch me a coffee cup?
It’s obvious none of us wanna be stuck in the office
but when I’m running biz independently - I’m the one
in front of a monitor - the devil in me got me just
Hunting for dollars, every penny is the god you trust
I’m an autonomous executive - I call for cuts
Of any incompetent secretaries - so y’all are fucked
Pink slip… but they talking tough? And wanna don boxing gloves
Bitch, you a mailroom clerk - so when the scale don’t work, you don’t box, you just box shit up
Zip it! Ship it! Whip it, good! Devo! Nobody making a cent off Vevo - We don’t
Give our money to Mr. Iovine, No, we keeping our c-notes, and build it up till the profits come
Obnoxious to some, cause everybody hate they boss
Yelling bout how to make they calls
Telling em how their vacay’s off
Venting ‘bout how their pay grade’s small
Evidence of the game they lost,
And the main is stage is ours, y’all are just bitter
HR wanted a confidence builder,
Fine, I’ma get Algo, then Kill drums with Sub - put em on a bill
bottom line is we always deliver. Get up!

Track Name: Cool Mornings (feat. Deborah Bond)
HOOK (Deborah Bond)
Summer breeze, hot nights cool mornings
No guarantees, all we got’s this moment
I’m at peace tell me what mood you’re in
(Chillin’ Chillin’ how you feelin’ love?) Right as rain
Summer breeze, hot nights cool mornings
No guarantees, all we got’s this moment
I’m at peace tell me what mood you’re in
(Chillin’ Chillin’ how you feelin’ bruh?) Can’t complain

VERSE 1 (Substantial)
Midnight, city lights time to make new memories
Live life just like you’re closing out the century
Party like it’s 2099 lets make history
Slumber the furthest thing from my mind. I can’t miss a thing
Out here like it’s happy hour and no work tomorrow
Diddy bop strong lookin like I got a crooked hobble
Left the club early to avoid any hood debacle
Bammas playin look and follow off of how she did the wobble
I ain’t lookin to squabble don’t you see how fresh I’m is
Bowtie sharp, kicks clean. King? Yes I is!
But mainly my baby safety is a prerequisite
So we exitin’ stage left bout to get breakfast in

Eat good, eat good, eat good
For we sleep good, sleep good, sleep good
If she good, she good, she good
Then we good, we good, we good Uh Huh!


VERSE 2 (Substantial)
She asked, “You tryna grab food?” told her “I can eat!”
She giggled a little then she hit me with a smile & wink
Such an effin’ lady still my kinda freak
Subtle dope and of course she would ride or die for me
Chillin at a diner breaking bread with my PNC
Stood by me for years still she take time to sit with me
Had our breakfast early cuz it’s only bout 3:53
It’s the dead of night but look how live the city be
See our past in some youngins lookin like they need a room
And our future in some elders right across us in a booth
Grab the check, she grab my arm, she cool as a breeze in June
Headed home but not before the sun shared the sky w/ the moon

BREAK (Deborah Bond)
If all we have is us and this moment
Trust that's enough for me
Girl don't lie to me
Think I might of hit the lottery

Track Name: Always (feat. Fjer)
VERSE 1 (Substantial)
I came into this world
Same way I'm gonna leave it... alone. For what its worth
Since birth... been bringing folks together for a common cause
Not quite a bleeding heart no need to find a gauze
Just tried to do what’s right ain’t gotta supply applause
Just trying shed light on what they hide from us all
Our origin story, many moments of glory
Move forward, ain’t gotta be rewarded, the Lord has implored me
Give’em what they need when they don’t even want it
Keep on feedin’ souls but they don’t see they hungry
Live a life worth remembering, the reaper’s coming
But you’ll live forever though you might not reach your twenties
Or your thirties, f*** a great depression
You are worthy... of every single blessing
Honestly, our own light is hard to see
But every single star’s born to shine. Prophecy!

HOOK (Fjer & Substantial)
Always… always...
Always… always… (Here)
Always… always...
Always… always... (I am here)
Always… always...
Always… always… (We are here)
Always… always...
I ain’t going nowhere… ever!

VERSE 2 (Substantial)
When she came into this world
I knew I’d never leave her alone because this girl’s
The greatest thing I created... lyrics, design or painting
That ain’t up for debating. Look what sun maid and he raising her
Right… so God forbid her brother man wrong her
She roll with the struggle ‘til she come around stronger
But her father taught her to never squander her honor
If they don’t treat you as good or better than poppa don’t bother
She see how I treat her mama. And before we shared that wedding cake
I swear on my own mama you’re the best decision I ever made
Look at what we made. On everything, I’m proud of us
Best producer duo since The muthaphucin’ Stuyvesants
Listen… This is parentin’ with a vision
I swear a bit cuz that’s how Ms. Hill got us to listen
So pardon me, busy raisin’ my colony
This home that love built never falls, stands solidly


BRIDGE (Substantial)
Rain, sleet, hail, snow
Will I retreat, hell no
Can’t stop, must grow
Won’t drop, never let go
Rain, sleet, hail, snow
Will I retreat, hell no
Can’t stop, you must know…
I ain’t going nowhere… ever

VERSE 3 (Substantial)
We came into this world
With everything we need so we manage what it hurls
Always and forever you’ll never get us to behave
Scared to death of kings they’d rather my people be slaves
So til hell freezes… I will resist…
The call to hang it up as long as I am needed
Silence your siren you woke up this giant from sleeping
Fightin’ like we’re Tyson and titan mixed with a phoenix


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